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Mag Challenge 148

Photo by Andy Magee

Trees of black ink, brush-stroked
On a watercolor sky.
Bedraggled grassy velvet
Fur trimmed by the hedge rows.
Ribboned with a rain-sheened road.

Sing a song of absence
To the tires’ hiss and hum
To the hurdy-gurdy rumble
Of an engine on the run.

Foggy damp and cloudy cold,
Misty rain-moist air.
The darkening of the evening
Dissolves grey afternoon,
Slowly blotting up the light.

Sing a song of absence
To the tires’ hiss and hum
To the hurdy-gurdy rumble
Of an engine on the run.

Moisture midges mizzling.
Wiper-swiping flick
Sweeps across the windscreen
Twixt minute past and minute next
Like a minute-hand’s click.

Sing a song of absence
To the tires’ hiss and hum
To the hurdy-gurdy rumble
Of an engine on the run.

Farther from, “I’m going.”
Closer to, “I’m here.”
Suspended in transition
An unfixed point in motion
Somewhere in between.

Sing a song of absence
To the tires’ hiss and hum
To the hurdy-gurdy rumble
Of an engine on the run.

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